Hereford Inlet Lighthouse
First & Central Aves.
North Wildwood, NJ 08260
(609) 522-4520 • 522-2030

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Hereford Inlet Lifesaving Station No. 36 was constructed in 1871, serving the increasing numbers of mariners navigating the tricky Atlantic Coastline with its shifting sand bars and treacherous currents. The Lighthouse was constructed shortly thereafter, casting its beam from what was known then as Anglesea, a small fishing village. On May 11, 1874, a "Notice to Mariners" formally announced the operation of the light, a 49½-foot tower with a beacon visible over at least 13 nautical miles.

After a severe storm damaged the foundation in 1913, the Light was moved about 150 feet westward, where it stands today. The Lighthouse saw steady service, surviving a number of keepers until 1964, when an automatic light tower was built.

Today the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The restored structure is open for public tours during the summer, and Group Tours are also welcome.

One very special feature about this light is its Victorian design. Featuring five fireplaces, this beautiful building much more resembles a comfortable home than a lighthouse. It's function is betrayed only by the light tower rising from the center of the building. The position of Lightkeeper of this house must have been very much in demand.

Tours reveal a beautiful interior and a variety of artifacts. The Lighthouse is surrounded by an outstanding garden of flowers and herbs reminiscent of gardens kept a hundred years ago. People can be married here or celebrate other special occasions.

Undergoing constant evolution, the Lighthouse will eventually serve as the area's premier nautical museum, showcasing prize-winning works of art already in the Museum's collection, as well as nautical and area-related artifacts.

Hours: Open Mid-May thru Mid-October, 9am - 5pm daily. Open Mid-October thru Mid-May Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 2pm. Last tickets are sold one hour prior to closing. Call to confirm before visiting.


Adults $4.00
Children 12 and older $4.00
Children under 12 $1.00

Group Reservations: About 4 weeks in advance.

Lunch: Picnic area available.

Handicapped Access: Not accessible.

Directions: Atlantic City Expwy. to Garden State Pkwy. South to Exit 6. Follow Rt. 147 East to end. Turn right onto Central Ave. Lighthouse is on left. 60 - 90 minutes from Philadelphia.

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